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Poster: Hg80 Date: Apr 21, 2009 1:21pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MORE TO COME

Ah, a name from the past...Wade Williams. Wade lives in my city, though I had thought he had sold his million dollar estate and moved to California, and have dealt with him in the past regarding some 35mm theatrical trailers. He and some partners have refurbished at least two old movie theaters and turned them into a revival theater and a fine arts theater. I also discovered that he lays claim to copyrights of a cadre of films [some which are available here] and markets them as the "Wade Williams Collection" under Corinth Film Distributors. I have seen some of the films and technically they look like a first generation negative strike...some have even been supplied with scrolls for the hearing impaired. Wade has a poor reputation in this city and how he secured the rights to say "Plan 9" or "Invaders from Mars" is interesting.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Apr 22, 2009 7:29am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MORE TO COME

Williams generally makes the fundamental mistake that many make about copyright. He equates ownership of copyright with ownership of the physical work. Ownership of copyright, of course, has no impact on the ownership or title to the physical work. Copyright is simply the ownership of the intangible right of copying and distributing a work.
Williams on the whole purchased prints or elements of films and if he made it in time registered the films for renewal asserting to be the successor in ownership to the copyright and not just the successor in ownership to the print/elements involved. Essentially hijacking copyrights.
To me Williams is the Earl Owensby of film archive and preservation, proving that not even all the money in the world can buy talent, quality and class. But I might be being too harsh on Owensby there.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Apr 25, 2009 4:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MORE TO COME

They should make a movie about this guy. Call it "The Thing From Uranus"!

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Poster: cosmicola Date: Apr 22, 2009 8:22am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MORE TO COME

I've seen what can happen when WW tries to make his "own" films (Attack from Mars). Beyond bad, and not in a fun or arty way at all.